Flower Piano returns to the SF Botanical Garden, September 16-20, 2022 with one of the most unique, creative, and innovative events in the Bay Area. The San Francisco Botanical Garden is once again is transformed into the city’s own alfresco concert hall where everyone is invited to play and listen.
Flower Piano is a musical event and attraction that provides open access to music and pianos within the natural, outdoor environment of San Francisco Botanical Garden.
Participants are invited to explore the Garden’s global living plant collections as they seek out the 12 pianos spread out across the 55-acre living museum. At each of the pianos, there will be scheduled professional performances, open play time for participants, and community partner performances – reflecting a range of genres, ages, and cultures
Flower Piano 2022
September 16-20, 2022 | 10am to 6pm
San Francisco Botanical Garden
1199 9th Ave., Golden Gate Park, San Francisco Free for SF Residents with valid ID, free before 9am for all, otherwise $13 (weekdays), $17 (weekends) admission for adults, $7 for seniors (65+), $7 for youth (12-17) and $3 for kids (5-11) – Advanced tickets recommended (even for SF Residents)
Advanced tickets are recommended for all Garden visitors including members as well as residents. There will be expedited entry for members and advanced ticket holders on weekends and holidays. Onsite ticket purchases are also available.
All visitors receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) are offered free general admission. Free admission for up to four people may be redeemed by presenting a valid EBT card upon entry. Full-priced admission to special exhibitions, events, and programs still applies. More info
Flower Piano Events Schedule 2022
OPENING NIGHT / Wednesday, September 14 – 5pm – 6pm, Great Meadow | Fall and Fly: Special Flower Piano Opening Event
Like the opening ceremony for the Olympics, a groundbreaking commissioned work created for twelve grand pianos will be performed on the Garden’s Great Meadow just before Flower Piano. San Francisco-based composer Benjamin Gribble has written Fall and Fly, an incredible 23 minute sonic journey in three movements, exploring the textures of a twelve-piano choir. Stanford Symphony director Paul Phillips will personally conduct this one-of-a-kind performance. Special guest speakers Rebecca Solnit, Gary Kamiya, and poet Agneta Falk will contextualize the evening with themes of transformation, renewal, and regrowth.
10am – 12pm, Great Meadow | Noe’s Garden: Noe’s Garden brings a special good morning concert, ideal for children 0 – 7 and their families. Sing, dance, and move your body along to beloved folk songs from around the world, as well as Noe’s own nature-inspired originals. Celtic harp, acoustic guitar, and puppetry make this a concert the whole family will enjoy.
12pm – 1pm, Zellerbach Garden | Tom Jonesing: Pop Renovations, Remodeling, and Demolition
1pm – 2pm, Garden of Fragrance | Suzanne Ramsey: Cabaret Originals, Unexpected Covers, Nostalgic Flapper Rock
3pm – 7pm, Celebration Garden | Beat Corner: Avante Garden Music and Poetry
Bay Area Poets hosted by Agneta Falk
Music by Mauro, Dean, Antony, Paulo, and others
Angela LaFlamme and Friends, Tribute to Tom Waits
3pm – 4pm, Conifer Lawn | SFJAZZ High School All-Stars: Four-hands performance by Alex and Lucas Perry
4pm – 5pm, New Zealand Collection | Ian Scarfe: Masterpieces of Bach, Chopin, List, and Barber
4pm – 5:30pm, Great Meadow | Community Music Center Latin Jazz Kick-off: Community Music Center, celebrating more than a century of music for everyone, hosts a fresh and festive jam session, or descarga, with Eduardo Corzo, pianist and CMC faculty member, with an all-star array of guest musicians. Enjoy music in the open air where the outdoors are your dance floor.
5pm – 6pm, Zellerbach | Tin Yi Chelsea Wong: Drama and Rituals: Bach, Ligeti, Crumb, Liszt
6pm – 7pm, Redwood Grove | Jill Tracy: Mystical, Elegant, Dark, Cinematic, Haunting Sonic Spells
Saturday, September 17
10am – 12pm, Great Meadow (starting point) | Rabbit Hole Theater Magical Scavenger Hunt: Find magical characters during a family-friendly scavenger hunt through the Garden
12pm – 4pm, Celebration Garden | Duo Piano Program
12pm – 1pm | Ian Scarfe and Elektra Schmidt: Ravel, Poulenc, Gustavino, and PDQ Bach
1pm – 2pm | Regina Myers and Sarah Cahill: Recent Works by Riley Nicholson, Errollyn Wallen, and others
2pm – 3pm | Jennifer Peringer and Lauren Cony: Mozart, Dolores White, Germaine Tailleferre and Gabriela Lena Frank
12. Zellerbach Garden | Earth Wind Flowers: Chamber Music of Various Styles!
3pm – 4pm, Zellerbach Garden | Martin Luther McCoy with Paisley Hinton: Mix of classic Beatles and British favorites as well as soul music and songs of protest involving the works of Stevie Wonder, Bob Dylan and Sam Cooke
4pm – 6pm, Fountain Plaza | Awesöme Orchestra is a full orchestral ensemble that rehearses and then plays famous works with featured performers.
4pm – 5pm | Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor (first movement) with Elektra Schmidt, soloist
5pm – 6pm | Pines of Rome for full orchestra by Ottorino Respighi, guest conducted by Dr. Sixto F Montesinos Jr
Sunday, September 18
11am – 6pm, Zellerbach Garden | Featured Artists
11am | Tammy Hall and Leberta Lorál: In Gratitude and Acknowledgement of Nature’s Power
12pm | Musica Cubana Quintet: Musica Cubana
1pm | Allison Lovejoy: Romantic, Impressionist, and Modern Masterpieces
2pm | Kev Choice Trio: African-American Piano Music from Classical to Hip-Hop
3pm | Serene: An Epic Adventure
4pm | Mariah Parker: Indo Latin Jazz Quintet
5pm | The Orange Sunshine Experience: Psychedelic Jazz with Drummer Fabio Reis
11am – 6pm, Great Meadow | Featured Artists
11am | Elektra Schmidt: Schumann Kreisleriana and Anna Muravitskaya : Arias and Folk Songs
12pm | Sumi Lee Levy: Current Argentine Tango Music from Buenos Aires
1pm | Kash Killion & Killion’s Trillions: World Music, Sun Ra, Jazz, Reggae, Tango
2pm | Alon Nechustan Trio: 21st Century Piano Adventures in Rhythm
3pm | Lavay Smith: Classic Jazz, Blues, and Early R&B
4pm | Van-Anh: Old World Chopin to New World Disney
5pm | Christian Tumalan’s Trio: Jazz, Brazilian, and Remarkable Hispanic Classics
1pm – 3pm, Conifer Lawn | Little Mission Studio: A fun-loving music school based in the Mission inspiring creativity and cultivating musicianship in the community. Join Little Mission Studio as they present curated performances of both solo and chamber piano music from Little Mission students, ensembles, and faculty members featuring a wide variety of musical styles and genres.
2pm – 4pm, Garden of Fragrance | SF Symphony: Performances by SF Symphony musicians
4pm – 5pm, Conifer Lawn | San Francisco Conservatory of Music: Pre-College pianists
4pm – 5pm, Celebration Garden | Oscar Cervarich: Spanning the Romantic era to the Blues, Oscar will play your favorites including Beethoven, Debussy, Chopin and more
Monday, September 19
12pm – 1pm, Great Meadow | Danny Sullivan: Mad Scene Medley Explosion!
1pm – 2pm, Great Meadow | Kevin Navarro w. Joshua Hughes, Bass-Baritone: Broadway Musical Theater & Great Moments in Opera
2pm – 3pm, Celebration Garden | Erick Peralta in partnership with Community Music Center: The Neo-Creolism of the Peruvian Piano with Erick Peralta: Bringing together his myriad of musical experience and influences, Erick Peralta presents a personal perspective on his native music from Peru, through the voice of the piano. This musical journey will highlight compositions from the música criolla songbook of Peru, blending the traditional sounds with contemporary elements, with the intent of proposing a “nuevo criollo”: the neo-creolism of Peru.
3pm – 6pm, Celebration Garden | Beat Corner: Avante Garden Music and Poetry
Bay Area Poets hosted by Jessica Loos
Music by Mauro, Dean, Antony, Paulo, and others
3pm – 4pm, Zellerbach Garden | Eric Shifrin: Swinging Standards, Bouncy Latin, and Rumpa Chunka
4pm – 5pm, Conifer Lawn | FPM: Vocal/Piano Duo Playing NOLA Jazz Originals
5pm – 6pm, Conifer Lawn | Mena Ramos & Laura Harris: Afrocuban Folkloric Percussion Meets Classical and Jazz
Tuesday, September 20
12pm – 1pm, Great Meadow | The Cottontails: 20’s/30’s Jazz, 40’s Swing, 50’s/60’s R&B
1pm – 3pm, Zellerbach Garden | Ensemble SF: Formed in 2013 by members of the San Francisco Ballet and Symphony, Ensemble SF is dedicated to inspiring a more inclusive world through art. Elizabeth Schumann on piano, Angela Lee on cello, Matt Young on viola, and Jessica Fellows on violin.
2pm – 4pm, Celebration Garden | Colin Farish & Victoria Theodore: Spontaneous Jazzical Compositions in Serendipitous Coincidence
4pm – 5pm, New Zealand Collection | Eric Chase: Mozart’s Concerto Interiors: Meditations Searching for Tranquility
5pm – 6pm, Garden of Fragrance | Steve Abrams & Heath Proskin : Hard Bop, Swing, Latin Jazz and Salsa
Schedule Subject To Change
About Sunset Piano
Mauro ffortissimo and Dean Mermell together launched Sunset Piano in 2013 when ffortissimo covertly rolled an old grand piano onto the bluffs over Half Moon Bay. As word spread through social media, the crowds grew way beyond the occasional dog walker. Thousands came to hear the music before the county ordered the piano removed. Since then, Sunset Piano has expanded this impromptu musical and social experiment, temporarily placing pianos in a wide variety of unexpected natural and urban settings around the Bay Area every year, from the top of Montara Mountain to Market Street. Flower Piano, a collaboration with San Francisco Botanical Garden, is Sunset Piano’s largest and most ambitious undertaking. Mermell’s documentary about Sunset Piano is entitled Twelve Pianos.
Disclaimer: Please double check event information with the event organizer as events can be canceled, details can change after they are added to our calendar, and errors do occur.